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I am assistant professor of philosophy at Simon Fraser University. I was previously postdoctoral fellow jointly appointed at the department of applied mathematics and at the department of statistics and actuarial sciences at the University of Western Ontario, London, Canada. I have a PhD in Philosophy, under the co-supervision of John L. Bell and Robert W. Batterman (now at U Pittsburgh). Robert M. Corless and I are currently putting the finishing touches to the book A Graduate Introduction to Numerical Method, From the Viewpoint of Backward Error Analysis, which has made the Notable Book 2013 list of the ACM Computing Reviews.

My work focusses on the philosophy of mathematics, both pure and applied. I approach many of the problems of philosophy of mathematics as problems pertaining to philosophy of science, and in turns I like to think about the philosophy of science problems as problems pertaining primarily to general epistemology. This is the premise for most of my current work.

Besides my academic life, I spend a lot of time training in martial arts, especially Seikido and Judo. I also like to play volleyball and on occasion hockey. I also recently started to do hobby electronics, which is a lot of fun. I am a not too execrable chess player (I finished third in the London City Championship in 2007), but now I'm retired from chess.

My Erdös number is 4, first obtained in a publication with John Bell and again in publications with Rob Corless. Also, I like to say that according to the Philosophy Family Tree and the Mathematics Genealogy Project, I am the descendent of great people such as I. Schur, G.H. Hardy, G.F. Frobenius, A. Cayley, K. Weierstrass, E. Kummer, F. Bessel, C.F. Gauss, I. Newton, G. Galileo, N. Copernicus, on the side of John Bell. Moreover, I am the descendent of L. Sklar, P. Benacerraf, H. Putnam, H. Reichenbach, E. Noether, K. Jacobi, on the side of Robert Batterman. It find all of this pretty cool!

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Martial Arts

I have a black belt in seikido (an art based on aikido and tae kwon do) under Master Zeke Petkovic. I've also trained in judo and Brazilian jiu jitsu.



I developed a new passion for motorcycling since I bought a Kawasaki Vulcan 500 in 2010. Since then, I travelled more than 35,000 km through North America.



I work at the department of philosophy at Simon Fraser University, a small, research-focused department. It is a very stimulating place to be.

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